February 7th, 2013
12:15 PM ET
Ryan Gosling is staffing up his directorial debut, "How To Catch A Monster."
Variety reports that "Doctor Who" actor Matt Smith has landed a role in the fantasy noir, which also stars Christina Hendricks and Gosling's reported girlfriend, Eva Mendes. Smith, 30, is taking the lead male role.
According to a casting website, "How To Catch A Monster" combines "fantasy noir, horror and suspense into a modern day fairytale." The script, which Gosling also wrote, centers on Billy (played by Hendricks), a single mom of two sons.
The "Mad Men" star previously described her character as "supporting two children and trying to provide a home for them and a place of comfort in a continuously harder place to be."
Eventually, so says the film's synopsis, Billy's "swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her 18-yr-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the myster, if their family is to survive."
It's unclear at the moment what role Smith will play in his first stateside production. Filming is scheduled to begin in Detroit this May.
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